Sunday, May 29, 2016

Space Elevator Calculations

In this post we use the equations derived in the previous posts and allow the user to plug in some numbers.
In particular, when a cable thickness has been chosen to have the optimal thickness, we determine the mass of satellite required to achieve the given tension at the earth's surface.
We also work out the total mass of the cable.

Cable Specific Strength M Yuri
Safety factor -
Tension at earth's surface Newtons
Satellite height above earth km

Total Cable mass - kg
Satellite Mass - kg
Tension at Satellite - Newtons

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